FreshLink’s goal is to work hand-in-hand with community partners to evaluate and improve the reach, adoption, and impact of farmers’ markets, Double-Value Produce Perks, and nutrition education programs among people receiving SNAP benefits in low-resource neighborhoods in Cleveland and East Cleveland, Ohio. FreshLink is the core research project of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University. The project runs from 2014-2019.
1) With an Evidence Activation Team (EAT), examine evidence to identify bottlenecks and barriers to using farmers’ markets (FM), Produce Perks (PP), and EFNEP in diverse, low-resource settings and conduct 3 Plan, Do, Study, Act Pragmatic Trials to address priority issues.
2) Adapt and test a peer health advocate (PHA) dissemination approach to boost demand for FM, PP and EFNEP, among SNAP recipients living in low-resource neighborhoods.
This research is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U48DP005030 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.